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#464 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [lpeagle]
Nov 12, 2008 (7:35 pm)
Thanks, guys. More to supplement:
1. Tire pressure is good. But it is brand new winter tire, is this causing more friction?
2. The transmission is shift to Drive and hand brake in completely down.
3. The rpm is low, most of the time it is below 1500. I only drove 120km, seems like MPG is not bad.
4. It is like that especially at low speed(e.g. 40 km/h), the car seems want to stop unless I keep pressing the gas a bit hard.
5. no other problems found. Seems like I also heard a click sound sometimes and it seems perfectly normal.
#465 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [lpeagle]
Nov 12, 2008 (8:01 pm)
See the previous post. You are close to lugging the engine at below 1500 rpms. Although when the car is coasting, it should be considerably below 1500 rpms.
Winter tires could definitely cause more friction than the OEM all-season tires.
Why would you expect the car to NOT slow down when driving in gear at about 40 km/h? But on level ground, it should take only light pressure on the gas pedal to keep the car moving forward. If you press it hard, i.e. floor it, it should take off pretty quickly.
If you are concerned, have the dealer check it out. While there, ask to drive a different 2008 or 2009 Elantra to see if it drives the same. Have a service tech go with you so they can observe how you drive the car. If that car drives the same as your car, it's likely that is just the way the car drives.
#466 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [schukanuoslady]
Nov 19, 2008 (1:34 pm)
I have had a clicking problem as well...it sounded like it was coming from the steering wheel...I've had my '08 Elantra since June and heard the clicking for the first time a coupe days ago...just had an appointment for an oil change and routine stuff but they found nothing wrong...I'm also experiencing a transmission issue...When I am driving and it comes time for the car to shift gears (it's an automatic) it feels like I'm driving a standard...I have to either step on the gas more to force it or let off the gas and then accelerate again to make the grinding noise stop...Has anyone else experienced this while driving? The service techs said there was no problem with the transmission but I know how an automatic is supposed to drive and I'm worried there's something wrong with it and they just don't know how to fix it or something...
#467 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [speck21988]
Nov 19, 2008 (4:28 pm)
I just have the clicking noise. And it has been going on now for 4 weeks every few days.
Also, it went to 24 degrees here the other morning. And for the first time hubby was in my car and had to ask me what was the warning indicator on for. Apparently the change in temp make 4 lbs of air go out of each of my tires. We went to the gas station and put in the missing air and then when the dealership opened up I called them from my cell phone and they told me that I was not the first to call in about the problem. They said the sensors picked up the colder weather and that colder tires have less air pressure. Well, I don't know about that as I never had sensors in my tires before. They told me they reccommend nitro in the tires. They charge $40 to do this. And if at anytime during the yr they go low they fill up for free. And they also said to me that if I am low I can put regular air in to drive to them and they will empty the tire and replace all the nitro free. I am not to sure if I want to do this as the gas station is one block from my house and hubby said he will pick me up an air compressor at one of the truck stops this week to hook to my cigarette lighter so I won't have to pay $1 every time I need air.
Just wondering how good they work.
#468 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [schukanuoslady]
Nov 19, 2008 (4:42 pm)
Air is nearly 80% nitrogen. IMO that is a lot of money to get nitrogen for the other 20%.
Don't any service stations in your area have free air? One in my neighborhood charges 25 cents, the other is free.
#469 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [backy]
Nov 19, 2008 (7:48 pm)
Who knows on the nitro debate? I took a chance in Jan, '07 paying $36 for all 4 tires.
Tire pressure hasn't dropped in almost 2 years. They say to do nitro every 18 months, but so far so good without renewing nitro.
#470 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [bhmr59]
Nov 19, 2008 (10:04 pm)
"Tire pressure hasn't dropped in almost 2 years. They say to do nitro every 18 months, but so far so good without renewing nitro. "
My husband put nitro in his 4 tires almost 2 yrs ago too on his Nissan Pathfinder. He too has gone all this time with no leakage or anything. And where he had it done he got a lifetime of the tires warranty for replacement nitro. But then the tire shop had a fire, burned down and they told me when I called them as they are cheaper (free if you buy the tires from them) on the cost of nitro. But they said the machine was too expensive to replace.
And I have called all around and where I bought my Elantra is the cheapest for nitro.
Back to you Backy..... I am really curious now about your statement of 80% nitro already in the air. Because a lot of the shops near me won't touch your tires if they see nitro valve caps on them. They say you can't put air in them if low, but the dealer told me you could. And no one by us gives free air. I can't remember the last time I saw it free.
I am clueless here. And going for an oil change in the first week of Dec and have to decide if I am going to pay the money for the nitro. Everybody tells me the nitro stays better balanced and you get better gas mileage too. Hubby doesn't drive the Nissan too much since he got his new Elantra. It sits parked at home unless the weather is bad as he has a 2 hour drive to get his 18 wheeler in NJ every week and that is why he kept the Nissan Pathfinder as it holds the road good in bad weather.
I had my Elantra in snow the first time Monday and considering there were 2 of us in the car I thought it did pretty good holding the road especially where we had a curvy mountain part of the road to drive, but I wasn't the one driving he was. So I only know the traction I felt as a passenger and not to sure I want to find out how good it is in snow with me driving.
I used to put snow tires on my pickup that I no longer have and still debating if I should buy snows for the Elantra. And it would be studded snows because of where I live.
Anyone drive their 08's in really bad weather yet? And if so did the car seem to be ok with the road? I don't really want to lay out the money right now for 4 new studded snow tires. And was even thinking about not even driving anywhere if we got serious snow. I don't work so I don't need to go out except grocery shopping. So it really wouldn't pay for me to put snows on if the Elantra is good in the snow. As I hardly ever go anyplace.
#471 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [speck21988]
Nov 20, 2008 (7:53 am)
I experience a clicking sound soon after I purchased my Elantra in July/August. After getting the bum's rush from my purchasing dealer, I took it to another dealer and it turned out to be the throttle cable that had popped out of the clip. They put it back in and it has been quiet as a mouse ever since. The sound seemed to come from the steering column.
I also experienced the low tire pressure light the other when the temp dropped - I just had them check my pressure when they did the oil change and all seems to be well.
#472 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [bhmr59]
Nov 20, 2008 (12:00 pm)
Then I would say the nitro is worth it. I will have to look into it. If I would not have to worry about the pressure in my car's tires dropping for years at a time when temps fall from near 100 in the summer to -20 in the winter, that would be quite a benefit. With ordinary air, the tire pressure drops about 1 psi per 10 degrees drop in temperature.
Nov 29, 2008 (5:25 pm)
I have Hyundai Elantra PZEV 08 automatic with about 4,000 ml. I drive mostly in the city with a lots of traffic signs and my average mileage is about 17 ml/gallon. My daily round trip is 12 miles. Car was serviced at 3,500 and there is nothing wrong with the car. Also fuel pump was replaced due to recall. I keep my tire pressure as recommended 3.2-3.3 and I use super most of the time. I believe my air filter is still clean, as I bought the car 6 month ago. I see many people get close to 28 mpg driving in pure city conditions. Do you guys have any suggestions how to explain such a poor city mileage?